Lallana delighted to make it third time lucky for England

Adam Lallana in action last night

Adam Lallana in action last night

First published in Sport

Adam Lallana was pleased to at last taste that winning feeling with England on a night in which both he and Saints team-mate Luke Shaw impressed.

The friendly with Denmark was the last chance to make an impact on the international stage before Roy Hodgson names his 23-man squad for the World Cup.

Daniel Sturridge's late header proved the difference in a hard-fought 1-0 victory, with the decisive goal coming after a moment of skill from Lallana.

On as a 59th substitute for Jack Wilshere, the Saints captain cut past his man on the left and floated a delicate ball to the back post for Sturridge to head home.

It capped another impressive display by Lallana and gave him a first win in an England shirt, making this a particularly poignant occasion.

"I'm delighted, most of all really because last time out we had two defeats, against Chile and Germany, so it was great to be involved in a winning England display," he said.

"I just gave my best and that's all you can do, as everyone else does. We know it's the last time that we meet up before he names his 30-man squad at the end of the season.

"There's still 10 really important club games, not just for ourselves, but for our clubs as well, so I'll be concentrating on that now.

"Getting back to the club, keeping fit, in good form, and hopefully get three points at Palace at the weekend."

Asked if he now feels more part of the England team, Lallana added: "Yeah, I feel that I know the lads a bit more.

"Playing with them is only going to help. Nothing's guaranteed. It's been proven over the last couple of years that's the case.

"If anything, I've got to work even harder now, as Shawy has, Jay-Rod (Rodriguez) and Rickie (Lambert), and we'll see what happens at the end of the season."

Rodriguez and Lambert remained on the bench throughout the match with Denmark, with Lallana and Shaw the only Southampton representatives given game time.

The latter, only 18, seamlessly slotted into the England defence on his debut and provided an attacking outlet down the left.

Shaw came on at the break in place of boyhood idol Ashley Cole, whose fine first-half display will give Hodgson a pleasant headache when choosing his squad for Brazil.

"He's been absolutely tremendous," Lallana said of his teenage team-mate.

"It was there for everyone to see how relaxed and calm he was, how level-headed and how comfortable he looked out there.

"But he knows he's got a lot of work to do again. There's two hugely-talented experienced players ahead of him, and they were great with him this week in making him settle, and it was a special evening for him.

"He's taken to it extremely well. He was nervous, but then again I was nervous and it was my third cap and I'm 25 and he's 18.

"So he's got every right to be excited, be nervous, all the emotions that happen when you're representing your country and especially at his age."

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8:36am Thu 6 Mar 14

Outside of the Box says...

After last nights performance if Ad's is not on the plane to Brazil this summer, it will be the biggest travesty since Brian Clough not getting the England managers job years ago.
After last nights performance if Ad's is not on the plane to Brazil this summer, it will be the biggest travesty since Brian Clough not getting the England managers job years ago. Outside of the Box
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9:01am Thu 6 Mar 14

killared says...

What we saw last night is that England was very poor again and Rooney, Smalling, Johnson, Danny Wellbeck, Milner, Cleverley , Henderson are not good enough. If it wasn't for Lallana and Shaw England would've draw that game yesterday. Now people on here question why Morgan is not selected for France well after watching France vs Holland yesterday I can tell you That Pogba, Matuidi and Griezman are the reason they were awesome to watch in fact Matuidi score a overhead goal for fun, France could have won 5 or 6. RVP was like a child on the pitch they just humiliate Holland yesterday. I think Morgan should ask if he can play for England because he truly have no chance of playing for France.
What we saw last night is that England was very poor again and Rooney, Smalling, Johnson, Danny Wellbeck, Milner, Cleverley , Henderson are not good enough. If it wasn't for Lallana and Shaw England would've draw that game yesterday. Now people on here question why Morgan is not selected for France well after watching France vs Holland yesterday I can tell you That Pogba, Matuidi and Griezman are the reason they were awesome to watch in fact Matuidi score a overhead goal for fun, France could have won 5 or 6. RVP was like a child on the pitch they just humiliate Holland yesterday. I think Morgan should ask if he can play for England because he truly have no chance of playing for France. killared
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9:13am Thu 6 Mar 14

Alicesdad says...

Not sure anyone told the Danes it was a friendly?

Still Lallana and Shaw showed what they can do so if Roy has any eye on the future they must both be selected.

I think that will be it from the Saints team. Lambert is a strong option as a versatile target man but the comeptition is a bit too tough, and a good deal younger as far as I can see. J-Rods time may come later.

Overall I think we have some youngsters who could go to Brazil and cause a real surprise. If however we drag along the old school then I think we will go out early and it will be a crushing waste of an oportunity. The time is right for change Roy - it's in your hands. Go on man, take the next generation and be the first manager to make a major difference ... boldness could see us right up there. If you take a "safe" path then be ready to be yet another England manager who leaves no legacy at all.
Not sure anyone told the Danes it was a friendly? Still Lallana and Shaw showed what they can do so if Roy has any eye on the future they must both be selected. I think that will be it from the Saints team. Lambert is a strong option as a versatile target man but the comeptition is a bit too tough, and a good deal younger as far as I can see. J-Rods time may come later. Overall I think we have some youngsters who could go to Brazil and cause a real surprise. If however we drag along the old school then I think we will go out early and it will be a crushing waste of an oportunity. The time is right for change Roy - it's in your hands. Go on man, take the next generation and be the first manager to make a major difference ... boldness could see us right up there. If you take a "safe" path then be ready to be yet another England manager who leaves no legacy at all. Alicesdad
  • Score: 4

9:31am Thu 6 Mar 14

george chivers says...

Alicesdad wrote:
Not sure anyone told the Danes it was a friendly?

Still Lallana and Shaw showed what they can do so if Roy has any eye on the future they must both be selected.

I think that will be it from the Saints team. Lambert is a strong option as a versatile target man but the comeptition is a bit too tough, and a good deal younger as far as I can see. J-Rods time may come later.

Overall I think we have some youngsters who could go to Brazil and cause a real surprise. If however we drag along the old school then I think we will go out early and it will be a crushing waste of an oportunity. The time is right for change Roy - it's in your hands. Go on man, take the next generation and be the first manager to make a major difference ... boldness could see us right up there. If you take a "safe" path then be ready to be yet another England manager who leaves no legacy at all.
I think he is building for the next European tournament in two years time. That will be his big chance not Brazil.
[quote][p][bold]Alicesdad[/bold] wrote: Not sure anyone told the Danes it was a friendly? Still Lallana and Shaw showed what they can do so if Roy has any eye on the future they must both be selected. I think that will be it from the Saints team. Lambert is a strong option as a versatile target man but the comeptition is a bit too tough, and a good deal younger as far as I can see. J-Rods time may come later. Overall I think we have some youngsters who could go to Brazil and cause a real surprise. If however we drag along the old school then I think we will go out early and it will be a crushing waste of an oportunity. The time is right for change Roy - it's in your hands. Go on man, take the next generation and be the first manager to make a major difference ... boldness could see us right up there. If you take a "safe" path then be ready to be yet another England manager who leaves no legacy at all.[/p][/quote]I think he is building for the next European tournament in two years time. That will be his big chance not Brazil. george chivers
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9:42am Thu 6 Mar 14

There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire says...

The atmosphere was very flat last night til Adam came on.
He really did make the difference. And Luke looked so assured, much better attacking than Cole.

With tow Saints players coming on and changing the game, who knows what the score would have been had the Saints quartet played
The atmosphere was very flat last night til Adam came on. He really did make the difference. And Luke looked so assured, much better attacking than Cole. With tow Saints players coming on and changing the game, who knows what the score would have been had the Saints quartet played There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire
  • Score: 5

10:16am Thu 6 Mar 14

killared says...

@There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire

I agree with what you said but to win 1 nil against a weak team like Denmark nothing to be proud of in fact we should press the emergency button because. Shaw and Lallana set alight the game but again I don't believe we need pace we need an old fashion number 10. Now it's the 3rd time that we struggle to beat a weak team Ireland, Scotland and Denmark.
@There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire I agree with what you said but to win 1 nil against a weak team like Denmark nothing to be proud of in fact we should press the emergency button because. Shaw and Lallana set alight the game but again I don't believe we need pace we need an old fashion number 10. Now it's the 3rd time that we struggle to beat a weak team Ireland, Scotland and Denmark. killared
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10:20am Thu 6 Mar 14

TEqH 83 says...

A proud night for all Saints fans - Lallana booked his place and showed Roy where the missing link is. Is it a dream too far to imagine him in the starting line up against Italy in Brazil???

We haven't had anyone skilful to watch in an England shirt since Joe Cole
and Adam is miles more effective than he ever was plus he chases down the opposition and gets on the end pif things himself.

Shaw being picked and played is only going to help persuade him that he doesn't need to leave the South Coast for the foreseeable future. Even if he doesn't make it into the 30 man squad we'll be seeing more of him in the Euro 2016 qualifiers I'm sure.

Jay Rod and Rickie have more of an outside chance and might only feature if there are injuries but who knows, if Rickie starts banging the goals in again then he might just twist Hodgson's arm.
A proud night for all Saints fans - Lallana booked his place and showed Roy where the missing link is. Is it a dream too far to imagine him in the starting line up against Italy in Brazil??? We haven't had anyone skilful to watch in an England shirt since Joe Cole and Adam is miles more effective than he ever was plus he chases down the opposition and gets on the end pif things himself. Shaw being picked and played is only going to help persuade him that he doesn't need to leave the South Coast for the foreseeable future. Even if he doesn't make it into the 30 man squad we'll be seeing more of him in the Euro 2016 qualifiers I'm sure. Jay Rod and Rickie have more of an outside chance and might only feature if there are injuries but who knows, if Rickie starts banging the goals in again then he might just twist Hodgson's arm. TEqH 83
  • Score: 1

10:21am Thu 6 Mar 14

PompeySaves says...

Outside of the Box wrote:
After last nights performance if Ad's is not on the plane to Brazil this summer, it will be the biggest travesty since Brian Clough not getting the England managers job years ago.
I hope he goes to Brazil. Need more players like him in the England set up. We need players who can open the game up and give us half a chance.
[quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: After last nights performance if Ad's is not on the plane to Brazil this summer, it will be the biggest travesty since Brian Clough not getting the England managers job years ago.[/p][/quote]I hope he goes to Brazil. Need more players like him in the England set up. We need players who can open the game up and give us half a chance. PompeySaves
  • Score: 1

10:23am Thu 6 Mar 14

TEqH 83 says...

…oh and does anyone have a clue why James Milner ever gets time on the pitch???! ! !
…oh and does anyone have a clue why James Milner ever gets time on the pitch???! ! ! TEqH 83
  • Score: 2

10:24am Thu 6 Mar 14

Clever Dick says...

There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire wrote:
The atmosphere was very flat last night til Adam came on.
He really did make the difference. And Luke looked so assured, much better attacking than Cole.

With tow Saints players coming on and changing the game, who knows what the score would have been had the Saints quartet played
He's a bit like SRL isn't he. Definitely not good enough to play for England!! I mean that Cruyff turn that left them all for dead was OK and his all round effort and ability on the ball was ok too. OK it did show up all the other overpaid prima donnas who have failed so often in the past. But he was on for half an hour. Yes ok he did produce the only quality moment in an otherwise dull game and laid on a chance that even I could have scored. But being a Saints player he needs to do a bit more. 3 or 4 assists and a couple of goals himself would have been much more impressive. Nice one Adam. Quality.
[quote][p][bold]There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire[/bold] wrote: The atmosphere was very flat last night til Adam came on. He really did make the difference. And Luke looked so assured, much better attacking than Cole. With tow Saints players coming on and changing the game, who knows what the score would have been had the Saints quartet played[/p][/quote]He's a bit like SRL isn't he. Definitely not good enough to play for England!! I mean that Cruyff turn that left them all for dead was OK and his all round effort and ability on the ball was ok too. OK it did show up all the other overpaid prima donnas who have failed so often in the past. But he was on for half an hour. Yes ok he did produce the only quality moment in an otherwise dull game and laid on a chance that even I could have scored. But being a Saints player he needs to do a bit more. 3 or 4 assists and a couple of goals himself would have been much more impressive. Nice one Adam. Quality. Clever Dick
  • Score: -1

4:47pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Outside of the Box says...

PompeySaves wrote:
Outside of the Box wrote:
After last nights performance if Ad's is not on the plane to Brazil this summer, it will be the biggest travesty since Brian Clough not getting the England managers job years ago.
I hope he goes to Brazil. Need more players like him in the England set up. We need players who can open the game up and give us half a chance.
Totally agree, he made the difference when he came on.
[quote][p][bold]PompeySaves[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: After last nights performance if Ad's is not on the plane to Brazil this summer, it will be the biggest travesty since Brian Clough not getting the England managers job years ago.[/p][/quote]I hope he goes to Brazil. Need more players like him in the England set up. We need players who can open the game up and give us half a chance.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, he made the difference when he came on. Outside of the Box
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